Plans to ban unvaccinated fans from attending football games labeled “shameful”

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Steve Brine MP, conservative member of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport select committee and former government minister, said: “We know the vaccine does not stop transmission, so it’s always difficult to see which issue to exam passports are the answer. . “

Peterborough United owner Darragh MacAnthony also called the vaccine passports “disgraceful”, accusing them of “punishing” young people.

Full details on how exactly vaccine passports work in sport had yet to be released on Wednesday evening, but Telegraph SporIt has been said that the government is unlikely to insist that every football fan’s NHS Covid Pass be verified.

Indeed, it could dramatically increase the time it takes for supporters to enter the pitches, increasing the risk of the virus spreading and crowd disorder.

Ministers could therefore follow their Scottish counterparts in agreeing that random spot checks would be enough to deter the unvaccinated from attending.

The 10,000 threshold will also oblige clubs whose attendance only sometimes exceeds this figure to choose to carry out spot checks or to cap capacity at 9,999.

The Championship club chief executive said the cost of introducing the checks would be negligible compared to gate receipts lost from such a cap and urged the English Football League to simply roll them out across the board.

A government spokesperson – who has given some financial support to elite football during the pandemic – said: ‘We do not apologize for saying that the Covid-19 vaccine is the best way out of this. pandemic, but as the Prime Minister did. said, we don’t see the need for mandatory certification this month.

“We are working closely with organizers of mass events to encourage voluntary use of certification and the NHS Covid Pass, to demonstrate either a negative test or proof of vaccination, to ensure that their events can take place. unwind in the safest way possible and at full capacity. . “


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